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THIS FALL, THE comedy Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. — starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown as Southern Baptist scammers sweating to re-open their megachurch after a public scandal — will not just herald the ascendance of a fresh new comic filmmaker. It will introduce viewers to two sharp and funny filmmakers, actually: Identical twins Adamma and Adanne Ebo, 31-year-old double Geminis from Atlanta, Georgia, who grew up playing basketball at the same sprawling house of worship where their film was shot. “I’m not sure what double Gemini means,” Adamma says over Zoom from Atlanta, where she’s directing a show created by Donald Glover. “But people are always like, ‘Oh, wow.’”

As children, Adamma and Adanne attended service two or three times a week. On the other days, they read Harry Potter, which, like Halloween – “the devil’s holiday,” Adamma jokes – was forbidden for promoting magic and evil. “One of our earliest bouts with really questioning organized religion was we remember the pastor dedicated an entire sermon to the evils of Harry Potter,” Adanne adds from the twins’ home in Inglewood. “Everything that he was saying that was bad or evil about it, it was just very clear to us [that], Oh, he has not read the books — because none of this shit happens. Magic’s not real. We tried!”

In fact, Adanne met her long-term boyfriend in high school waiting outside a bookstore to buy a hardcover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The elder by 17 minutes, she identifies as a Ravenclaw — curious, analytical, perfectionist — while Adamma is a Slytherin, meaning confident, stubborn and loyal. Adamma is also the more lackadaisical twin, both admit. When their Sunday school teacher preached no sex before marriage, it was Adanne who raised her hand and asked what counted as sex.

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